Tuesday, October 2, 2012

OSOA's Blog for Stork Stack



As a mother and spouse, many holidays have special meanings. We have the usual suspects: family holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, where our family comes together to celebrate each other and the meaning of these holidays. As many of you know, military families don’t always have the chance to share holidays together, so we cherished each and every one. This is what makes holidays like the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, a very special day for military families.

As a former Marine and military spouse, I’ve always had a profound respect for my fellow service members and their families. The sacrifices made not only by the service member, but that of their families, shows an unspeakable amount of loyalty and love for their country. Every day, our military spouses are sacrificing that valuable family time that many of us don’t even notice or pay attention to.

It takes great courage, strength, and sacrifice to volunteer to serve your country. We would not have the freedom to celebrate holidays with our families without those who serve. I am so thankful to all of our men and women serving our country in the armed forces. This Fourth of July, please thank every service member you can for their sacrifices so you can have that family BBQ and enjoy that while they fight for those very rights.

Happy Independence Day,

Kimberly Felshaw

Founder and President, Operation Showers of Appreciation


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OSOA's blog for Halo SleepSack


Not Your Ordinary Baby Shower: Unique Baby Shower Ideas

A common baby shower theme of the past is “It’s a Boy or it’s a Girl”. But not anymore! Hosts of baby showers are tossing away this go-to theme and starting to get more creative. Here are some popular new themes for baby showers:

Co-ed Baby Shower. Most people think baby showers are for “the girls”, but more and more baby showers are starting to involve the dads. Co-ed Showers can be fun and a unique way to get Dad involved in the different stages of the pregnancy. The traditional shower games can still be played, but with a twist that will get everyone involved. Mom can enjoy the “Toilette Paper Game” while Dad enjoys “The Bottle Game” challenging all his friends to see who can drink their favorite beverage faster from the bottle. Another Dad favorite is “Speed Diapering,” where all the guys will get a chance to test their skills and speed changing a diaper (using a doll for safety). For an added challenge and extra laughs, try this game blindfolded. When it comes to gifts the dad is right there to experience it too!

BBQ or Garden Party Baby Shower: This theme also allows you to make the shower more of a social event for all as opposed to an event only for women. Involving all of your family and friends is just another way to celebrate of your new little one. With a BBQ themed shower instead of traditional shower games, you can use more family friendly games, like the “Baby in the Spoon”. Using an egg and a spoon, you’ll have to carefully take the baby across the room without dropping him off the spoon. In our family, we’ve decorated with baby photos of our family members, another great way to incorporate everyone in your celebration.

Multi-Mom Baby Shower. A very common theme among military families and the preferred shower theme for Operation Showers of Appreciation (OSOA), a non-profit organization who supports expecting military moms by hosting baby showers for up to 150 new mommies at every event. Many expectant military mothers don’t have family in the area, have a husband that is deployed, or is an active duty service member. This is when organizations like OSOA are able to make a huge impact and support our local military communities.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

OSOA and Storm Baseball Team up Memorial Day Weekend

OSOA and Storm Baseball Team up Memorial Day Weekend.
Be a part of the Red, White and Blue Baby Drive!
For every new baby item donated ($10 value) you will receive a FREE Box or Reserved Seat ticket to any game May 25th-May 27th.
For a list of items needed, please visit osoamil.org or stormbaseball.com
Flyer with more details: http://osoamil.org/events/fundraisers

 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chula Vista/SoCal Shower November 17th

We are very happy to announce our Chula Vista/Southern California Shower on November 17th. The shower will be held at Concordia Church & School, Chula Vista, CA at 1pm. Registration is open up to E1-E8, O1, CWO1. Priority is given to those... families E1-E5. All other families may submit an application and will be considered based on space available and their families needs and current situation. Moms currently expecting and babies no older than 3 months.
The last day to register online for this shower is August 25th.
Apply online at: http://osoamil.org/showers/application

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Operation Showers of Appreciation and Kimberly Felshaw on HLN “Breakthrough Woman”

Operation Showers of Appreciation and Kimberly Felshaw on HLN “Breakthrough Woman” – April 19, 2012
http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/04/19/breakthrough-women-felshaw-military-baby-showers-operations-showers-appreciation

Las Vegas Fundraiser - Buffalo Wild Wings - April 19-April 22

Come support OSOA and get some great food too! Doesn't include beer or happy hour items. You can use it on take out orders too! Mention OSOA and we'll receive a donation!!! Spread the word!!!! It's an all day event. Thank you for your support!!!

We will be having a fundraiser April 19th thru April 22nd at:
Buffalo Wild Wings
190 W. Craig Rd.
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
Come out and eat some great food and support OSOA.

You can download a flyer following the link and clicking on Las Vegas Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser: http://osoamil.org/events/fundraisers

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

OSOA featured on the Breakthrough Women's piece on CNN HLN

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!

OSOA will be featured on the Breakthrough Women piece on Kimberly and Operation Showers of Appreciation which will run this week on the following days and between the time slots below. Please note all times are EST.

CNN Head Line News
Thursday 4/19 Between 8am-9am
Between 2pm-3pm

Saturday 4/21Between 8am-9am
Between 1pm-2pm

Sunday 4/22 Between 8am-9am
Between 1pm-2pm

Friday, March 16, 2012

Phoenix Shower Donations Needed!!!!

Operation Showers of Appreciation will host a baby shower on Saturday March 31, 2012 at The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley – Compadre Branch located in Chandler, AZ at 2pm. Approximately 20 new and expecting mothers who have deployed partners or are active-duty servicewomen will be supported. All military branches of service will be invited (Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines) to participate. The event will include gifts from the local community.

The majority of the women are first-time moms or expecting multiples. Due to constant deployments many of these expecting mothers will be giving birth while their husbands are deployed in combat areas such as Afghanistan. In addition to an afternoon of food and games the most important opportunity for many of these new moms is to be surrounded by other women in the exact same situation as they celebrate the births of their new babies.

“We are so excited to have our first Phoenix shower,” said Kimberly Felshaw, President of Operation Showers of Appreciation. "New motherhood is challenging enough under ideal circumstances, so being able to support and lift up these mothers while their partners are deployed is just fantastic. It helps ensure moms have what they need, and reassures deployed dads that their loved ones are cared for so that they can focus on their mission."

Individuals or companies wishing to donate items or volunteer please contact Angie Martin - Operation Showers of Appreciation Phoenix Shower Coordinator at 530-363-2464 or via e-mail at rsphoenix_fra@yahoo.com .  Donations of baby items can be handmade or purchased. There is a need for diapers, baby shampoo/wash, bottles, teethers, pacifiers, bath tubs, wash cloths, clothing, socks, shoes and toys.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Operation Showers of Appreciation - Phoenix/Chandler Shower

OSOA is happy to announce our Phoenix/Chandler shower on Saturday March 31st.
The shower will be held at the The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley – Compadre Branch in Chandler, AZ. 

Registration is open up to E1-E7, O1, CWO1.  Priority is given to those families E1-E5.  All others are determined by space available in the shower and the needs of the family.  Moms currently expecting and babies no older than 3 months.

As part of the Online registration you will be requested to upload a copy of your LES and our Verification Form which must be signed off by the service members Supervisor. The moms who have been chosen for our March 31st shower will be notified after March 1st via e-mail.

Submitting an application for assistance does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in an Operation Showers of Appreciation Baby Shower. Families are selected to participate based on the following:
Due Date
Date Completed Application for Assistance Received
Information provided in the “Tell us about your family” section
Rank
This shower will be small so we encourage everyone to apply ASAP.
Any questions about the application process or your application please contact our Expecting Mom Coordinator Karmen at Karmen@osoamil.org

Individuals or companies wishing to donate items or volunteer please contact Angie Martin - Operation Showers of Appreciation Phoenix Shower Coordinator at 530-363-2464 or via e-mail at rsphoenix_fra@yahoo.com . 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Southern California Shower Donations Needed!

Camp Pendleton, CA – Operation Showers of Appreciation along with Pala Casino, have joined forces to provide a military baby shower for expecting mothers in the Southern California area.  The shower will be held on Saturday February 25th, 2012 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort for approximately 27 new and expecting mothers who have active duty partners or are active-duty servicewomen.  The event will include food and gifts from the local community. 

Operation Showers of Appreciation is excited to be partnering with Pala Casino.  This shower will help military expecting mothers and their families receive the items needed when caring for their newborns.

“We are so excited to spoil 27 local military moms,” said Kimberly Felshaw, President of Operation Showers of Appreciation. "New motherhood is challenging enough under ideal circumstances, so being able to support and lift up these mothers while their partners are deployed is just fantastic. It helps ensure moms have what they need, and reassures deployed dads that their loved ones are cared for so that they can focus on their mission."

"As the closest casino to Camp Pendleton, we have always considered the Marine Corps to be part of the Pala family.  When family members are representing our country far from home, it is a stressful time for everyone.  Operation Showers of Appreciation is a terrific program.  We are proud to be part of it and hope all Marine Corps families can be re-united as soon as possible," said Bill Bembenek, Pala's chief executive officer.

Individuals or companies wishing to donate items or volunteer please contact Kimberly Felshaw, Operation Showers of Appreciation Southern California Shower Coordinator/CEO at 949-547-7780 or via e-mail at Kimberly@osoamil.org.

Storksak Diaper Bag Donation THANK YOU

We want to thank our friends at Storksak for donating diaper bags for our expecting military moms. We appreciate your kind donation!
http://www.storksak.com/home.php?home=home

Babymel Diaper Bags Donation THANK YOU

We want to thank our friends at Babymel for donating diaper bags for our expecting military moms. We appreciate your kind donation! http://www.babymel.com/home.php?home=yes

PediPed Baby Shoe Donation THANK YOU

We want to thank our friends at PediPed for donating baby shoes for our expecting military moms. We appreciate your kind donation! http://www.pediped.com/

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fort Bragg, North Carolina shower success!

Operation Showers of Appreciation had our first military baby shower at Fort Bragg, NC.  The shower was at 301 N. Dougherty Dr. (Corregidor Courts/Bougainville Neighborhood Center) at 2pm on Saturday January 21st. A huge thank you to new mom Alice Wilks who also served as Operation Showers of Appreciation Fort Bragg Baby Shower Coordinator.  This shower would not have happened without the various donors and volunteers who were so generous by spoiling our 9 expecting military moms.
 





 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Boba Wrap Thank You

 
We want to thank our friends at Boba for donating a wrap for one of our expecting military moms. We appreciate your kind donaiton! http://www.bobafamily.com/

 
 
 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Baby Shower Coordinators Needed Across the US


We are still confirming our schedule of showers for 2012. As always we are in need of volunteers who are interested in hosting/supporting/coordinating a shower in local areas across the country. For those interested in hosting a shower in their area or for more details on what is expected as an OSOA baby shower coordinator please email us at info@osoamil.org

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas and New Year's Baby Recap Mike O'Callaghan Hospital



A HUGE Thank You to Wounded Warrior wife and Classy & Sassy Rep Stacy McMahon for her gracious donation of jewelry (baby bracelet, earrings and necklace for mom). "Proudly giving back to elevate the lives of those affected by spinal cord injuries. Check out the R.A.G.E. Foundation (Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently) www.bteamrage.org" candsjewelry.com


Congrats to the Stine Family of Las Vegas! Baby Shane made his arrival on Christmas Day at 2:40pm. He was 7lbs and 11oz and delivered by Dr. Snow (Love the Doctor's name since it was Christmas). The Stine family was the recipient of our OSOA baby basket as they were the 1st Christmas Baby Born at Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital! Congrats to the Stine family and to everyone who donated to these holiday gift baskets!




A big Thank You to Nellis AFB wife Ashlie for her gorgeous donation of fairy wings and hair bows for the New Year's Baby Girl Basket. Check out her awesome website that features her Custom Fairy wings, pre-made wings, fluffy fairy tutus, glittering wands and so much more at: http://dualfantasystudios2.com/
 
Major Ginette Damus poses with the New Years Baby Baskets upstairs at the 99th Medical Group Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital on December 31st.
 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year from OSOA


Hotel - Alpha - Papa - Papa - Yankee - November - Echo - Whiskey - Yankee - Echo - Alpha - Romeo! Wishing our Military Families, Donors and Volunteers a Wonderful 2012!